Ret. Chief Warrant Officer, 4th Class, U.S. Navy, John "JC" Catalano

April 17, 1927May 19, 2018
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Ret. Chief Warrant Officer, 4th Class, U.S. Navy, John "JC" Catalano, 91, of Mount Penn, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tower Health Reading Hospital. He was a son of the late James and Rose (Lauria) Catalano.

Born in Reading on April 17, 1927, John is predeceased by two sisters, Anna Catalano and Gloria (Maggio) Holland.

John was a member of Holy Rosary Church and a Reading High School graduate. He went on to Albright College and finished with his Master's Degree from Lehigh University. He was a history teacher at Northwest Junior High before becoming a Guidance Counselor with the Reading School District at Reading High School, where he retired.

John was a very proud US Navy veteran and served during WWII and Korea. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer after 43 years in the Naval Reserve. He volunteered for the Blue and Gold to interview young candidates for the Naval Academy and was a founding member of the committee that hosted the very first Berks County Armed Forces Day Parade.

John was also a Free & Accepted Mason and was a member of the Blue Lodge. He was a member of the Beneficial Society of Victor Emmanuel and founding member of the Skyline Drive Corvette Club of which he was member for over 50 years.

Survivors include a brother, Dima Catalano; two nephews, James and Dennis Catalano all of Washington State and many close friends that will miss him.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in Holy Rosary Church, 237 Franklin St., Reading, PA 19601. A viewing will be Tuesday morning from 8:30am to 9:30am in Theo C. Auman Funeral Home, 247 Penn St., Reading, PA 19601. John will be laid to rest in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reading.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in memory of John at Disabled American Veterans Regional Office, Manheim St. & Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19101 or at

Fond memories and online condolences may be shared at


  • James Catalano, Father
  • Rose Catalano, Mother
  • Dima Catalano, Brother
  • Anna Catalano, Sister
  • Gloria Holland, Sister
  • James Catalano, Nephew
  • Dennis Catalano, Nephew


  • Viewing Tuesday, May 29, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Ret. Chief Warrant Officer, 4th Class, U.S. Navy, John "JC" Catalano

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Maxine Greth

May 31, 2018

I will always remember the wonderful times and memories that we shared. You will be greatly missed.

Maxine Thus Greth

Dennis Catalano

May 29, 2018

I have very fond memories of my uncle John, but the one that keeps going through my head was one of his coming to New Orleans (my wife Patti and I were living there at the time) to visit us during one of his Navy events. We took him to our favorite hole in the wall Italian restaurant near our house that we frequented weekly. The restaurant was owned by an old man and his family and was equipped with a red phone that we knew (at least speculated) was a direct line to a bookie. The old man's son was our waiter and when he asked how the meal was, John responded "good, but not like mom's" Patti and I were ready to crawl under the table half expecting to be found with the fishes. The waiter calmly said "It never is" We all had a laugh. I still don't think we can go to this restaurant 40 years later and not have to look over our shoulders. I will miss Uncle Johnny and my heart is sad for our family especially my dad Dima, his only brother.

Tom Frank

May 28, 2018

I first met John (JC) @ a Skyline Drive Corvette Club (SDCC) meeting in Sept. 1985.
JC & I developed a father and son relationship over the many GREAT years.
When I became President of SDCC in 1991 through 1994, the club cloned me the nickname JC jr.
I have truly been blessed in experiencing my walk through life with JC
Anyone who has known JC will always keep the loving memories alive within us.
A special thank you goes out to all who have been a part of JC'S care over the past few years.
Today my nickname gives me GREAT pleasure to be called JC jr.
God Bless JC;
Tom Frank
Past President of SDCC 1991~1994

David Sherman

May 27, 2018

John enlisted me in the navy to avoid the draft in 1968. He was friends with my friend Maxine shown in this picture.

Michael Versace

May 23, 2018

Johnny has always been a great friend of our family. Johnny introduced my Dad (Alfred), to my Mom (Blanche) back in the late '40s. The story goes that Johnny began dating my mom following a trip to Atlantic City. Later that year, Johnny and my Dad took a snowy ride in an old Buick with no brakes to see my Mom and to meet her sisters and family, in Rosetto, PA. They got lost on the way, but finally made it. From there, the story gets murky, but in the end, Mom's heart went to Dad, and the rest is history.

Every Christmas dinner, every Reading Auto Show we had time to spend together and say hi. Thanks Johnny for being part of our family.

Michael, and Son Daniel Alfred Versace